Dems 2008: Obama makes the sucking sound on trade again [Karl]
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s replaced them,Ã¢â‚¬Â Obama said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.Ã¢â‚¬Â
This from the candidate who ignores his top economic adviser Austan Goolsbee on tradeÃ‚Â to tell sufferingÃ‚Â Americans that globalization is toÃ‚Â blame for their plight.Ã‚Â And thenÃ‚Â slides him under the campaign bus for trying to reassure our nervous trading partners.
Perhaps when Obama returns to Pennsylvania to ask for votes, he will charm the locals with tales of the aging Bay Area hippies who just do not understand how US trade policy is destroying the our manufacturing base and the livesÃ‚Â of upstandingÃ‚Â Americans in the heartland who bowl better than he does.